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North Carolina governor pardons 'Wilmington 10'
Wed, 01/02/2013 - 09:12, - 0 Comments

(CNN) -- Forty years after they were convicted by a jury of firebombing a grocery store in Wilmington, North Carolina, civil rights activists who became known as the "Wilmington 10" were pardoned Monday by the state's outgoing governor.

"These convictions were tainted by naked racism and represent an ugly stain on North Carolina's criminal justice system that cannot be allowed to stand any longer," said Gov. Beverly Purdue. "Justice demands that this stain finally be removed."

In 1972, nine black men and one white woman were convicted in the store firebombing in the coastal city despite their claims of innocence and their supporters' vehement argument that the defendants were victims of racially biased prosecutors.

Their sentences were reduced in 1978 by the state's governor then, Jim Hunt, and two years later their convictions were overturned in federal court for reasons of misconduct by the prosecutors.

But until Monday there were no pardons, and the sting of the guilty verdicts still followed the six surviving members of the group that was known nationwide as the Wilmington 10.

Yorkshire Ripper is Caught - 1981
Wed, 01/02/2013 - 08:45, - 0 Comments

Ripper

Peter Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper

by Michael Thomas Barry

The Yorkshire Ripper is finally caught by British police on January 2, 1981, ending one of the largest manhunts in British history. For five years, investigators had pursued every lead in an effort to stop the serial killer who terrorized Northern England, but the end came out of pure luck.

Grim milestone: Chicago records 500th homicide of 2012
Tue, 01/01/2013 - 14:59, - 0 Comments

A man gunned down Thursday on Chicago's West Side marked what police say is the city's 500th homicide of the year. It's a dubious distinction that hasn't occurred since 2008, when the city ended the year with 512 murders.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the total "an unfortunate and tragic milestone, which not only marks a needless loss of life but serves as a reminder of the damage that illegal guns and conflicts between gangs cause in our neighborhoods."

"The brave officers of the Chicago Police Department work tirelessly to continually reduce crime, but this is not just a law enforcement issue," Emanuel said in a statement.

The Looking for Mr. Goodbar Murder - 1973
Tue, 01/01/2013 - 09:01, - 0 Comments

Goodbar

Looking for Mr. Goodbar movie poster

by Michael Thomas Barry

On the evening of January 1, 1973, Roseann Quinn, a 27-year-old New Yorker, visits Tweed's Bar on the Upper West Side and is picked up by her soon-to-be killer. The incident inspires the cautionary novel and subsequent movie Looking For Mr. Goodbar.

Sello Mall Shooting Finland - 2009
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 09:17, - 0 Comments

Sello

Ibrahim Shkupolli & entrance to Sello mall

by Michael Thomas Barry

The Sello mall shooting occurred on the morning of December 31, 2009 in Espoo, Finland. The shooting was believed to have been started after Ibrahim Shkupolli, the gunman, found that his ex-girlfriend had a lover at the grocery store where she worked. Shkupolli first killed her in her apartment before heading to the mall. The shooting began when the gunman entered the Prisma supermarket and began firing with a handgun.

The Railway Rapist Commits First Murder - 1982
Sat, 12/29/2012 - 10:27, - 0 Comments

Day

Alison Day 1st murder victim of Railway Rapist

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 29, 1982, the "Railway Rapist" attacks and abducts Alison Day from a London train. Her strangled body was recovered two weeks later. Although the perpetrator had attacked and raped many women since 1982, this was his first murder. The Railway Rapist had a distinctive method of operation: He used a knife, bound the victim's hands with string, and usually operated close to the railroad tracks.

New York Socialite Roland Molineux Poisons Katherine Adams - 1898
Fri, 12/28/2012 - 08:31, - 0 Comments

Molineux

Roland Molineux

by Michael Thomas Barry

Roland Burnham Molineux was a chemist and social climber from Brooklyn. He was charged with first degree murder for having caused the death of Katherine J. Adams by poisoning on December 28, 1898. It was alleged that Molineux had a feud with the director of his local athletic club, Harry Cornish, and had mailed a bottle of Bromo-Seltzer laced with cynide to Cornish.

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